Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers Announce Steps to Protect the Environment and Grow the Regional Economy
Contact: David Naftzger
The Press Release can be downloaded here.
Chicago, Illinois - The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers today announced a series of actions to protect the environment, promote sustainable economic growth, improve transportation and boost international trade.
“I’m proud of the bold agenda we’ve put forth to grow our economies while protecting the Great Lakes watershed that connects all of us,” said Gov. Evers, Chair of the Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers. “By working together to transition to cleaner energy and address harmful contaminants in our water, we can connect the dots on our economic recovery and ensure we’re all moving toward a more equitable and sustainable future.”
“We welcome the opportunity to work with our many partners from across the region to restore and protect our Great Lakes now and for future generations,” said Ohio Governor Mike DeWine, Vice Chair of the Conference of Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers. “These policies will help our region advance by uniting behind a project to prevent invasive carp from entering the Great Lakes, supporting ongoing restoration work at our Areas of Concern, and promoting economic development projects.”
Today’s announcements include a series of ambitious actions to grow the region’s US$6 trillion economy and protect the world’s greatest freshwater system:
- Committing to partner in support of a federally funded barrier against invasive carp threatening to enter the Great Lakes watershed at the Brandon Road Lock and Dam in Illinois.
- Working with one another and with federal partners to accelerate progress in remediating legacy toxic hot spots. The Governors and Premiers celebrated the recent de-listing of the Ashtabula, Ohio, Area of Concern and committed to continue to clean up the region’s other highly contaminated sites.
- Adopting a set of commitments to ensure a just transition toward a cleaner energy future.
- Launching a Five-Year Action Plan and a green shipping strategy to promote a smart and green regional maritime system.
- Harnessing the power of impact investing through the Great Lakes Impact Investment Platform. The Platform showcases more than 30 projects representing nearly US$4 billion of investment aiming to create both a financial return for investors and an environmental improvement for the region.
- Developing innovative tools to prevent high-risk invasive species from harming the region. The Governors and Premiers announced the development of a new “pay for success” funding model developed with Quantified Ventures and the Invasive Species Centre. Separately, they announced a partnership with the Iceland Ocean Cluster which is developing new strategies against invasive carp.
"The Great Lakes serve as an extraordinary environmental and economic treasure for the entire region," said New York Governor Kathy Hochul. "It is our duty to protect and restore this critical resource, and I am committed to continue to advance this work in coordination with our partners across the region for the benefit of all New Yorkers and the nation."
The Governors and Premiers continue to collaborate with one another, and with other partners, toward shared goals. A series of webinars will be held in coming weeks featuring prominent speakers discussing the challenges and opportunities the region faces:
September 23, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. EDT
Moderator: Director Jack Marchbanks, Ohio Department of Transportation
Speakers: Mr. David Bolduc, Executive Director, Green Marine;
September 29, 2021 at 11:00 a.m. EDT
Moderator: Commissioner Bruno Pigott, Indiana Department of Environmental Management
Speakers: Secretary Preston Cole, Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources;
October 1, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. EDT
Moderator: Treasurer Rachael Eubanks, State of Michigan
Speakers: Mr. Mike Manning, Executive Director and Chief Investment Officer, Ontario Finance Authority;
October 4, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. EDT
Moderator: Ms. Erika Jensen, Executive Director, Great Lakes Commission
Speakers: Director Colleen Callahan, Illinois Department of Natural Resources;
October 15, 2021 at 2:00 p.m. EDT
Moderator: Lieutenant Governor Mandela Barnes, State of Wisconsin
Mr. Patrick Bloom, Vice President, Government Relations, Cleveland-Cliffs
Mr. Rich Bowman, Policy Director, The Nature Conservancy, Michigan Chapter
Mr. Jean Simard, President and CEO, Aluminum Association of Canada
Further information including adopted resolutions, action items and registration information for the webinars is available on this website.
The Conference of Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers unites the chief executives from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Québec and Wisconsin. The Governors and Premiers work as equal partners to grow the region’s US$6 trillion economy and protect the world’s largest system of surface fresh water. This partnership builds upon over 30 years of work by the Council of Great Lakes Governors to encourage and facilitate environmentally responsible economic development.